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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Porters | St. James, Holetown BB24017, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
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“Simply wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

The O"Hara family have created an idyllic retreat.
Quality from the minute of arrival to the sad departure. I miss this hotel and cannot wait to return!
Beach is small and rather crowded, but nature has seen to its erosion.
What could be improved? Well if ii am really picky ,the evening entertainment.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We are just back from a week at The Coral Reef Club and can't fault it. The hotel and grounds are beautiful - the gardens are worth a visit in their own right. We felt truly spoilt all week and came away feeling very relaxed. The highlight for me has to be the staff. Without fail they were all welcoming and friendly, willing to chat but not intrusive. Every request was met promptly and with a smile.

Our room was beautifully decorated in a slightly plantation-y, English-abroad style and the terrace with chairs and loungers was the perfect place for sundowners before dinner. Towels were plentiful, the shower was powerful (as was the hairdryer!) and the daily iced water was very much appreciated. There is also a small fridge if you wish to chill your own drinks. We requested tea/coffee making facilities by email a few weeks before we travelled and they were duly in place when we arrived without us having to ask again.

There are reviews which note that this is not a young persons resort, but I think they're missing the point. There were plenty of young people staying at The Coral Reef Club whilst we were there, the difference is that they were on a relaxing holiday and were respectful of the tranquility of the resort, not out to party. If you want to drink shots and fall over, perhaps go elsewhere. That's not to say you can't have fun - the cocktails are very free flowing at any time of day and there is usually some sort of evening entertainment, although we went out to eat most evenings so only saw snippets whilst we had a drink at the bar.

My husband had a massage, and I had a manicure and pedicure at the spa - we didn't use the pool area which looks lovely, but the treatments were very good.

We did three days of diving with High Tides whilst we were there and they too are fabulous. Very relaxed, friendly and helpful, and the dives were among the best we've done in the Caribbean.

Location-wise, the hotel is in a great position. It has a lovely beach, not super wide, but plenty long enough to go for a walk, and is within easy walking distance of 'local' style bars, restaurants, shops and the luxury mall. It's also only a short taxi ride to all the high profile restaurants - The Cliff, Tides, Cin CIn etc.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Coral Reef Club - it's definitely high on our list for a return visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

As a family we have just returned home after two weeks at this marvelous hotel. It is simply superb! The rooms are elegant ( I love the interior of the whole hotel) with comfy beds and soft towels, no tv, but this is a holiday after all ( and you can have one if you want). The gardens are extraordinarily beautiful. The beach is perfectly adequate and with the added water sports with very helpful staff on hand, we were never at a loss of things to do. Free tennis coaching with fun trainers an added bonus. What really makes this hotel and the island are the staff. From top to toe they are the very best of the best. Our son ( the only teen there) had the most wonderful time as he was treated so kindly by the staff, who gave their time to make sure he was ok. He's much better a back gammon now too! The menu changes daily so there is plenty of choice and the hotel is more than happy to organize many of the fine local restaurants for you.
The other guests were a mixed bunch of parents with young families and the older generation that know a good thing when they find it, hence they keep coming back. We made some great friends and really hope to return one day.

Room Tip: Ask the staff they are more than helpful!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was our fourth visit to Coral Reef Club and certainly won't be our last as we are already planning to return next year. The O'Hara family members are consummate hosts and hoteliers with charming and considerate staff with the whole place is looked after beautifully. The food seems to get better every time we go there, though, for the sake of our waistlines, we tried to avoid eating lunch this time; however, their Sunday buffet is so amazing and such good value that we were unable to resist it, just try their fantastic Bajan chicken curry with all the wonderful side dishes - the best curry ever. We loved Ylang Ylang, the same room we have been in every time, and the maid looked after us excellently and kept it very clean and tidy. The grounds are immaculately looked after and the whole setting is magical.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 10 days April 2014 and it was just splendid. The hotel was stunning and our apartment excellently maintained. Wee were feet from the beach and had fantastic views.
The food was fantastic and the staff on all levels from cleaners, waiters, reception and restaurant were utterly brilliant nd put to shame so many places across the globe that I have visited.

We took a half board meal plan package and the food at the hotel ensured that we would never be unhappy eating there everyday but avoid tying yourself down to that as there are loads of very special places to eat and experience along this coast line that you'd kick yourself not to try - Tides, Cliff, Lone Star, Cariba, Fish Pot etc.

Room Tip: Apartment near to the beach - brilliant
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My husband and I stayed at this fabulous hotel last month for several days. Our accommodation was close to perfect. We had a very spacious, quiet room with a lovely verandah overlooking the beautiful gardens, very clean and an oh so comfortable bed.
The staff are very special, so helpful, efficient and friendly, fabulous service and nothing is too much trouble.
The food is some of the best I have ever had in the Caribbean, so good in fact that we ate in the hotel restaurant every night, the BBQ was quite amazing and I thoroughly recommend it.. Breakfast is a delight with a very extensive buffet.
My only very small gripe and it is a familiar one is the sun lounger situation, why oh why when you are staying in a five star resort is it necessary to have to rise almost at dawn to obtain a sun bed in a decent location ?. We adamantly refused to play the game for the first few days but then one morning we were unable to find a sun bed close to the beach as all were reserved with towels etc so reluctantly we decided to do the same. Unbelievably, some people will reserve beds everywhere, by the pool, in the shade under the trees and also by the sea, so annoying . Also some would reserve beds at dawn and then not show till mid day or even later. I really do wish this would be monitored better.
However that did not prevent us having a fabulous, perfect holiday and we can't wait to return.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

We started our two week holiday here four days ago and we have been astonished by this magnificent place. The staff are simply lovely and are so friendly and attentive. The warmth of their engagement with you appears to be quite genuine.

The accommodation is of the highest order and on arrival we had the pleasure of one of the owners taking us to our apartment and showing us the ropes. An added benefit is that we have a plunge pool in our own personal grounds and with the daytime temperature at 30 and night at 25 we are using it a couple of times a day. That said the air conditioning in the apartment is first rate.

The grounds, setting and location are all quite magical. The gardens and grounds are wonderfully mature and so well maintained. The bird life also enjoys the amazing mix of trees and plants and their are also humming birds that visit the nectar laden flowers.

We have walked a number of miles up and down the coast and can confirm, in our opinion, that no other beach front is quite as delightful as the one we enjoy at the Coral Reef.

We have enjoyed eating at CR, but have also taken friends advice to pre-book other restaurants in advance of arrival to ensure that we can get in. This mix of eating in and out is working very well for us.

The icing on the cake has been that the lovely lady, Dawn, who brought us initially from the airport has and is continuing to act as our driver when we eat out or visit other parts of the island. Just perfect again for my wife and I and so nice to have a local person with a stunning personality.

We have trips planned on land and sea and hopefully I will remember to update this in the near future.

The Coral Reef has and we are sure will continue to delight us for the next ten days of our stay. We cannot think of anything negative to say so we trust this report will help those that read it.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Porters | St. James, Holetown BB24017, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Holetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Holetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Reef Club 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amidst twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm West Coast of Barbados, Coral Reef Club is the epitome of West Indian elegance. This family owned and run luxury resort renowned for its special ambiance and classic island style. A five star hotel, it is one of the finest in the Caribbean. Accommodations are traditionally designed with wooden balustrading, fretwork and shuttered windows. Fine dining and personal service are a high priority at this "Small Luxury Hotel of the World". ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Coral Reef Club Hotel Saint James
Coral Reef Hotel
Coral Reef Saint James
Coral Reef Club Barbados/Holetown

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